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Old 10-21-2008, 07:53 AM   #1
Brady Herrin
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Serious question about breaking up cellulite

Hey Guys,

This is not a question of vanity, but of health. My mom is a very large woman. Her health has been very poor the past 10 years or so. Just one of the reasons I've lost over 80 lbs and turned my life around.

She has had one knee replacement and is probably going to have to have another shortly. She's dieted all her life, but has finally decided to follow some of my advice and make some lifestyle changes. She does her best to eat multiple small meals a day and has cut sugar and is doing her best to eat low-carb. The key thing she needs, and can't get, is exercise. The amounts of hardened fat/cellulite on the backs of her legs really limits her range of motion. She tries to do water walking and such, but her hamstrings keep cramping on her.

So, the question is, does anyone know of a good, non gimmicky way to break up that hardened stuff on the back of her legs? I'm doing some research, but of course it's hard to tell what's a scam and what's not.

Thanks for your respect and advice on this question.

Brady
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:19 AM   #2
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Re: Serious question about breaking up cellulite

that's cool you are getting you mom healthy. i have been trying to do the same with mine.

as far as the hardened fat i think i know what you are talking about. my ex father in-law was like that. something happens in the body and it seems like the fat hardens up. i think the best bet is to go to a doctor for advice. there are so many risks involved when someone is out of shape and begins training. the doctor would know of any topical creams or movements to help.


this is my own opinion: i think a way to soften the fat up is if she starts losing weight then the fat will lose its density.

the hamstring cramping up sounds like more of a muscle imbalance issue between the quads and hams then due to the fat. walking in water is not natural and does place stresses on the body in areas we are not used to. maybe instead of 'walking' she could march in place and add in arm movements for addition intensity?

it sounds like her diet is almost paleo. i would just dial that in the best you can. it will give her more energy during the day and decrease her appetite.

good luck!
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:35 PM   #3
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Re: Serious question about breaking up cellulite

Hey Ted,

Thanks for the kind words. She's 61 and probably won't be CrossFitting, but I'm trying to get her to do the best she can. I'm seriously considering finding Sit and Be Fit clips for her

I've thought about the muscle imbalance thing. She goes to an osteopath for manipulation about once a month. It helps for about a week.

I just feel so bad for her. She's trying, but her results are minimal due to her lack of activity.

I actually just ordered The Paleo Diet this morning. I've already shared with her. She's surprisingly interested!
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:50 PM   #4
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Re: Serious question about breaking up cellulite

its hard in the beginning when you don't see results. maybe you should help her start a workout log. it always helps to reflect back to see the work you put in. that is rewarding in itself without any noticeable changes.

sometimes you can get people to do a workout without them knowing. if you take them to the mall and just walk around with them. make sure you park near the back of the parking lot. then after the fact you can tell them they can put a 30 minute walk into their workout log.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:50 AM   #5
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Re: Serious question about breaking up cellulite

Brady,

Your Mom is just a bit older than me. I'm 58 1/2 and I think there are lots of folks our age doing CF. At CF Rochester there are several folks over 50, some who greatly modify and some who are fortunate not to have to. I feel for your Mom, and I would agree with Ted. Encourage her to do what she can. The more she does--no matter where she's starting from-- the more her capacity will increase. Whatever she can do to her current range of motion limits, have her do. And, btw, has your Mom tried deep massage to help with the circulation in her legs?
Good for you and your Mom to be working on some healthy changes. Best of health to her!
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:07 AM   #6
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Re: Serious question about breaking up cellulite

She needs to take one step at a time, soon they will string together.

She sounds like the first step is taken - motivation!

If she starts eating healthy and doing what she can each day, that stuff will eventually break down, but just be aware, when that junk gets released she is going to feel like crap, as there are toxins and what not stored in that stuff. Just have her prepared, and let her know its her body cleansing itself of all the junk that got her to where she is. The pain she'll go through detoxifying will be worth it.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:10 AM   #7
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Re: Serious question about breaking up cellulite

I am not quite as old but old. If your Mom wants an "older" woman penpal let me know. I suck at my completely scaled Crossfit (but trying to get better) so can commiserate with her and encourage her all at the same time. The sit and workout stuff sounds good for a start. I desperately need to work on my diet too. Lost my Dad ten years ago to a poor lifestyle, and being overweight so I know what it feels like to watch someone you love basically killing themselves. I wish I had tried harder to help him. For some stupid reason we expect our parents to be around forever and believe me, it sucks when all of a sudden they are gone for good. If I can significantly change my lifestyle anyone can.

Best of luck regardless.

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Old 11-04-2008, 03:10 PM   #8
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Re: Serious question about breaking up cellulite

Thanks for the kinds words. I'm hoping to get a workout plan together for her. I need to call her this afternoon and check in. She's probably all stressed over the election.
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